New York — A spectacular run to the US Open final ended on Saturday’s disappointment and a controversial measure for Canada’s Leylah Fernandez.
She dropped the 6-4, 6-3 decision to British qualifier Emma Raducanu. Emma Raducanu was able to win the women’s championship in Flushing Meadows without losing a single set throughout the tournament.
Surprisingly, it was the final look of the first Grand Slam for both players.
“That’s amazing,” said 73rd-placed Fernandez about her unexpected run to the finals. Her tearful smile is a picture of her complex emotions during a post-match interview on the court.
“I want to be back here next year,” she added with a smile.
And as if New York fans didn’t love her enough, Fernandez acknowledged the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, saying, “As strong as New York has been in the last 20 years, I hope it is resilient. “
Fernandez seemed to struggle to serve throughout the afternoon, landing only 56% of his first serve, often double-faulting five times at the most important moments.
But just as she began to appear to be flagging, as she did throughout the tournament, an acrobatic backhand or ferocious forehand would find a corner of the court out of Raducanu’s reach. prize.
Many times, she took what seemed to be a certain victory for Raducanu, gradually turning her back on Deuce, and ending a thorough rally with a delicate little backhand slice that often pulled the opponent to the net and dislocated. rice field.
She did it again in one of the most important moments of the match: when Raducanu led 5-2 in the second set and set up championship points, Fernandez counterattacked to win the match and Delighted the audience.
Also, a horrifying cross-court forehand from nowhere wasted Raducanu’s dive, sometimes sending a bitter smile across Fernandez’s face.
However, the cool-headed Brit had some tricks on her sleeves, such as the powerful one-handed forehand Fernandez was often not caught.
The 18-year-old qualifier did not betray the evidence of nerves, blowing with his fingertips after the hard-earned points and piercing the air with a cry of victory.
“She played incredible tennis,” Raducanu said before adding the championship trophy to the cart.
“I thought the level was very high. I want to play with each other in more tournaments and preferably in the finals.”
The usually emotional Fernandez seemed to be mostly calm during the match, and despite the encouragement of the New York spectators, who were clearly struck by both young stars, she herself allowed only a modest little fist pump.
It changed in the second half of the second set. There, the fist pump comes faster, makes it easier to smile, and often glances at her trainer and family in the crowd, sensing opportunities that others may have only despair. bottom.
At that time, Raducanu, whose right knee was bloody due to a sliding shot attempt, was given a medical time-out. This clearly seemed to annoy the other person.
Fernandez could be seen discussing with officials the decision to allow a time-out, especially at one moment in the match, apparently riding a wave of momentum.
“I want to play,” she told officials at some point.
A 19-year-old from Montreal, Fernandez captivated the New York crowd with an unexpected run to her first career, the Grand Slam final.
Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, Canada’s leading Fernandez defeated WTA tour stars Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Alina Savitolina on their way to the championship.
She was ranked 73rd in the world at the start of the tournament, but played like a veteran veteran.
Her opponent was also an unexpected finalist. Raducanu, the world’s No. 150, is from Toronto and moved abroad to the London area at the age of two. She had to go through the qualifying round just to get to the main draw.
Felix Auger Aliassime of Montreal reached the men’s singles semifinals before falling to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev on Friday afternoon.
Canada’s Fernandez loses to British qualifying Raducanu in the US Open final
SourceCanada’s Fernandez loses to British qualifying Raducanu in the US Open final